imageAccording to AM 640 KFI, Los Angeles – The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who founded the Crystal Cathedral megachurch, authored several books, and produced the TV ministry Hour of Power died this morning in Artesia California. He was 88 years old.  Schuller had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2013.

Schuller started his ministry in 1955 in Los Angeles. In 1980, he built the Crystal Cathedral, where he filmed his TV ministry, which had millions of viewers in countries all over the world.

The church’s motto — “Come as you are in the family car” — tapped into the burgeoning Southern California auto culture and the suburban boom of post-World War II America.

Schuller’s message — that “Possibility Thinking” and love of God overcome hardships — was a uniquely American blend of Bible and psychology. It was inspired by late author Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Schuller also wrote more than 30 books, including several best-sellers.

In 2006, he stepped down, and after some changes in leadership and fights within Schuller’s own family, Crystal Cathedral ministries ultimately filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Schuller’s grandson, Bobby Schuller, eventually founded a new church with the former Crystal Cathedral congregation and took over the Hour of Power broadcast.

Schuller was known for his uplifting messages, and he once said he wanted to be remembered as an “encourager.” He is survived by his five children, 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.